Family Relationships: A Life Span Development Approach [NOTES Part 8] - 4.0ed the course

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Department
Family and Child Sciences
Course
FAD 2230
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Winter

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Exploring the Family: Theoretical Perspectives on the Family  Theories are a way of viewing reality; suggest explanations for family patterns and practices; cannot  be proven true in all circumstances   Exchange theory • Analyzes interpersonal relationships based on what is exchanged between two people → There needs to be give and take on both end in order for it to be healthy and functioning  • Humans form interpersonal relationships based on the benefits (rewards), costs, or profits  expected from that association  → We never do something for nothing •  Rewards:  anything that meets a person’s needs in a relationship  → Love, companionship, cleanliness, (with work) money •  Cost : what we have to pay, give up, or suffer as a result of a relationship •  Outcome : the equation is REWARDS – COST = OUTCOME → Relationships ⇒ Rewards­ companionship, someone to talk to, sex, free food, expanding social horizon ⇒ Costs – money, compromising, not just worrying about “me”, time, jealousy  • “I love you” = “The rewards of being with you far outweigh the rewards and costs of being with  someone else, looking for someone else, or being alone” • Two Principles → Principle of Least Interest
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